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Want a feel for how extensive, entrenched and structured the hatred in America is for our tens of millions of drug users? Take this #ThoughtExperiment with me....

#Stigma #PWUD #PWID #DrugUse #HumanRights #PublicHealth
#HarmReduction #NormalizeHR #SafeSupply #SCS #SIF

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IMAGINE for a moment that you woke up tomorrow to the news that the entire retail #alcohol supply in the #US was randomly contaminated with deadly levels of #fentanyl. A one ounce shot could put you into respiratory arrest in 120 seconds, quickly followed by cardiac arrest.

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The proper administration of #NARCAN within minutes or #RescueBreathing is your only hope for survival; #911 and #EMS can’t get there that fast.

Now IMAGINE for a moment what the governmental and civil society response would be to this news...

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Starting now - @A_L_Kather welcoming and introducing @ECCHRBerlin's work on Syria and collaboration with Syrian survivors. Seven complaints have been filed in European countries to investigate international crimes, including #CRSV. #Justice4Syria (1/x)
"Still waiting for the gender-specific harm of crimes in Syria to be recognized". Representing seven survivors, @ECCHRBerlin, @urnammu and others filed criminal complaint on rape, sexual coercion in Air Force Intelligence detention facilities in Hama and Damascus. (2/x)
Demand the #arrestwarrant against #JamilHassan to be amended and include sexual violence as crimes against humanity. (3/x)
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What does #ChronicIllness ‘look’ like. What do those in #ChronicPain ‘look’ like. So many misconceptions by public & those in #Healthcare. I can’t tell you the comments ‘she looks fine’, ‘he doesn’t look like he is in pain’ these misconceptions can harm those seeking 1/ Image
care and they can perpetuate the #stigma shared in society. There is NO ‘look’. There are many ‘faces’ of #chronicpain & #ChronicIllness. These are at best superficial as you don’t know the amount of work outings take or amount of times special events cancelled. 2/ Image
Even when they are doing ‘well’ it’s a struggle. Shared with their permission. A life w #ChronicIllness #ChronicPain Image
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My biggest challenge is to ensure that affected people are treated with compassion, and not stigmatized. - Health Minister @drharshvardhan

Let us take special care in ensuring that we empathize with and provide support to people and families infected with #COVID19.

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We need to reach out to those people who are afraid to come forward & seek #COVID19 treatment because of the stigma we have attached. Delayed treatment due to the stigma & fear is costing us precious lives.
- Director, #AIIMS
#SayNoToStigma #SaveLives
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How to defeat #Stigma in the #FightAgainstCoronavirus?

1. They are people, not victims/cases

2. Don't disclose info about affected people

3. Rely on authentic sources (@MoHFW_INDIA /@WHO etc)

4. Share positive stories

5. Respect #CoronaWarriors

@COVIDNewsByMIB @MIB_India
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I've known I have #ADHD for 4 years. I've known I'm #dyslexic & Autistic for 2 months. This semester, I've spent enormous time/energy understanding what this means for me. I am relieved & unbelievably excited; I've found an incredible #ActuallyAutistic community through Twitter;
& for the FIRST time in my life (let that sink in) I'm seeing other people talk about experiences that mirror my own. I understand myself in a way that I have tried to find words for my entire life. (TY @SNeurotypicals @steve_asbell @autistictic @A_Silent_Child) #ActuallyAutistic
I'm also navigating grief. I now see the ways I'm called to & do invalidate, erase, & hurt myself in the "necessary" betrayal of my needs to exist in a neurotypical, "appropriate" way. Camouflaging causes negative health outcomes & creates #healthdisparities #NMHM2020 #Autistic
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Let’s pause for a second, and remember two major #stigma spreading around as contagiously as #COVID19. 🦠
1️⃣Ethnicity of the virus and
2️⃣wearing #PPE

I’m addressing 2️⃣ today, but for more guidance on 1️⃣, & more social Do’s and don’ts, please refer to 👉unicef.org/documents/soci…
To summarize the ongoing debate: “Absence of evidence is NOT evidence of absence”. A half full glass 😷 can be better than none at all. This 🏴&🏳️ system is leading to two issues:
1️⃣ opportunity to incentivize PPE production is lost
2️⃣ STIGMA against those who choose to don.
If you have 12 minutes to spare, enjoy this well illustrated thesis on the topic, it might change your mind. @medpedshosp
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People often tell me we should not fund #lungcancerscreening because its just for #smokers and they do this to themselves... No surprise for anyone associated with #lungcancer who know all too well bias and #stigma faced by those who suffer from it. This is what I tell them...
While smoking remains an individual action, the majority of smokers are hooked at a young age, often before age 18 (in Alberta, the avg age is 16). As one of the most addictive substances around, the argument that smoking is a simple informed choice made by adults is not valid.
Society must share the responsibility for their addiction & consequence from a legal product heavily marketed to population and easily accessed by youth despite regulations.
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Kudos on this multi-sectoral collaboration @THF_INDIA - looking forward to reading the experiences of some of our peer long-stay residents in #mental hospitals.
But crushed to find report about disabled Indians isn't accessible to print disabled.
Plain text version pls! Cover of report with Hans Foundation logo. Picture of a woman sitting on the floor inside a house, absorbed in stitching a bright pink cloth.
@THF_INDIA @MoHFW_INDIA @MSJEGOI @MSJE_AIC @NationalTrust99 Sighted English-reading people can access / read / download the 80 MB PDF report on long stay residents in Government mental hospitals in India here : mentalhealthwatchindia.wordpress.com/2019/10/31/rep…

#MentalHealth #Disability #Deinstitutionalisation #RPWD #MHCA #CRPD #CommunityLiving #Stigma #Inclusion
@THF_INDIA @MoHFW_INDIA @MSJEGOI @MSJE_AIC @NationalTrust99 Media had reported this earlier as a National Study on long-stay residents of Indian Govt mental hospitals. Puzzled by current title 'National Strategy on Inclusive and Community Based Options for Persons with Mental Health Issues.' How can a private body brand India's strategy?
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Starting today, I will be sharing pages from my personal battle against anxiety. #Anxiety is a beautiful yet exhausting journey. This is my humble attempt to shatter the #stigma and create #mentalhealthawareness.
#mentalhealthmatters ♥️
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I must be an anomaly! I have never come across an "attention seeking" patient, only "care seeking", "comfort seeking" and "reassurance seeking" ones. #Stigma
But these patients must surely exist! Clinic letters and hand written notes talk about them & colleagues mention them. Have I not been looking in the right places for them? #attentionseeking #Stigma
Or do "normal" patients attract the "attention seeking" LABEL when they are more unwell, more distressed and in more pain? I wonder about this! #stigma
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It's time to do another one of my dumb threads, so here goes:

I'm SO GLAD life is so simplistic for you. Guess where I was this morning? At the #PainClinic with my elderly mother who suffers from #dementia. She had an early AM appointment, which is unusual for her. Mom is
more confused earlier in the day. She often has trouble getting to sleep because of pain & the dementia. We had to plan carefully, bathing her, & laying out clothing yesterday. Despite this, mom changed back into her nightgown 3 times, then finally put the gown on OVER her
street clothes. ANYWAY, we arrive ON TIME & the shenanigans begin. The kind receptionist greets us warmly, & I explain that mom is especially confused this AM. The mean receptionist (on a massive power trip) attempts to prevent me from accompanying mom to the appointment. She
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Het is vandaag #wereldautismedag. Ruim 2 jaar geleden kreeg ik, op mijn 50e, de diagnose. Voor die tijd had ik ook autisme, maar ik wist het niet. Dat belette mij niet om er in wisselende mate enorm veel last van en mee te hebben. Ik camoufleerde, compenseerde, ploegde voort...
Ik voelde me vaak een vreemde, niet alleen tussen andere mensen maar ook vervreemd van mezelf. Ik stortte regelmatig in, trok mezelf weer uit het moeras, totdat dat echt helemaal op was en ik bij de crisisdienst belandde
Toen besefte ik dat ik echt moest uitzoeken wat er mis was. Omdat het zo echt niet langer ging. Eerst kreeg ik de diagnose ADHD, wat op zich wel klopte maar ik wist dat er méér loos was, het ging (nog) dieper. Toen kwam de diagnose #autisme.
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MENTAL HEALTH ILLNESS = WEAK IMAAN? 🤔

"Alah, ni mesti jenis yang sembahyang tak cukup la ni"

"Hmm. Entah2 memang tak solat pon. Huhu"

Kata sekumpulan remaja selepas menonton video cubaan membunuh diri di Youtube.
"Seorang yg kuat iman,TAKKAN mengalami masalah kemurungan. Kerana dia yakin Allah sentiasa bersamanya.

Firman Allah SWT dalam surah Ar-Ra'd ayat 28,"Orang yg beriman hati mereka menjadi tenteram dengan mengingati Allah. Ingatlah, hanya dgn mengingati Allah,hati menjadi tenteram"
Kata seorang ustaz di atas mimbar. Kita mungkin faham context yang ingin di bawa oleh khatib di atas mimbar itu, namun kita tidak tahu, mungkin dalam kalangan jemaah itu, ada yang sedang bertarung dengan minda dan emosi mereka.
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Very sad to hear about the #suicide of #KeithFlint (#TheProdigy ). If you're in the UK - you can find a list of #MentalHealth resources and support in this thread.

So first up - 1. #Mind - Mind Infoline – Phone: 0300 123 3393, Text: 86463 mind.org.uk
2. Elefriends - a peer to peer community forum elefriends.org.uk

3. Samaritans (you do not need to be suicidal to call them) 116 123 (UK)
116 123 (ROI) jo@samaritans.org (UK) jo@samaritans.ie (ROI)
4. Rethink Mental Illness - broad array of services + part tackling mental health #stigma --- rethink.org along with 5. #TimeToChange time-to-change.org.uk and 6. SANE sane.org.uk which also has a helpline 0300 304 7000 from 4.30pm – 10.30pm daily
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1/This care partner's tale in 9 tweets.
Son 35 yrs. Undetected spondylolysthesis and other musculoskeletal issues uncovered at 13 yrs due primarily to onset of pain during a period of rapid growth.
2/ First emergency spine fusion at 15 yrs after 2 yrs of medical profession denying that kids have pain. Teens are an invisible health care population.
Columbine happened in this period.
Every teenage boy in America had a target on their forehead.
Pain became 'kid wants drugs"
3/ Fusion failed. #FailedBackSurgerySyndrome
Blame the kid for failure to heal. Medical message: Shift the blame. Teach the kid that cure is his fault.
Teenage cutting, self-harm distracts from daily pain.
Back into surgical revision2 @ 16.
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I have spent the last few years trying to rethink #mhealth. As we work to lessen #stigma and fear I ask everyone to keep an open mind, give feedback, and join me as I delve into some unique hypotheses. 1/
This started with my sphere of mental health. (Pinned) . I don’t believe true “normal” exists and feel everyone has issues that fit within the sphere. A dx comes because of observations that are inherently flawed & variable due to relative perceptions. 2/
I use the word “flawed” because none of us can read minds, therefore, there is no objective way to truly know exactly what someone is going through or how extreme their suffering is. This is one reasons #mhealth pros have such a difficult job. 3/
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.@DailyMail, don't use terms like #paedohpile. There are people with paedophilic disorder, & not all abuse children. Help is available, but stigmatizing people makes it less likely they will get help & can increase the risk to children.
Report responsibly.
dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6…
Yes it's #paedophile, thank you @SandraSilguero for noticing. There are several reasons why using "paedophile" as a synonym for child sexual abuse offenders, or people who sexually exploit children, is problematic & counterproductive when fighting the crime.
1. It is inaccurate. Although people who commit #ChildSexualAbuse are sometimes #paedophiles, those with a paedophilic disorder have a sustained primary or exclusive sexual interest in pre-pubescent children. i.e. those who abuse teenagers are not necessarily paedophiles.
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Today, after extensive @NIDAnews research and @samhsagov support por favor funding for programs and research, there is still #Stigma about #addiction. I still hear people affected by SUDs refer to themselves as “addicts” “junkies” “bangers.” I get the culture, but there is more.
This keeps our loved ones and community members who struggle with #addiction locked into an old pattern of #stigma. We are repeating a process that has never worked. This only helps the heart wrenching results stack up as more and more die from this chronic disease.
72,000 mothers, daughters, sisters, fathers, sons, brothers and more died last year alone from an overdoson drugs. Many of those deaths were related to opioids, and let’s not forget that alcohol is the cause of so many deaths as well. This world needs to get woke about #addiction
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My name is Lelena.

I am a #ChronicPain patient.

I am required to pee in a cup monthly to show #compliance to my #LowDose #opioid regimen.

I am painted as despicable, helpless, & #unclean by the powers that be.

I am a modern-day #Leper.

#EndStigma #PainLeper
Newsflash, America:

I'm not JUST a #ChronicPain patient.

I am not helpless.

I am not #unclean.

I am not #despicable.

I don't just use #pills to overcome my #SeverePain.

I refuse all #stigma, misconceptions, assumptions, and #labels.

I am an #Overcomer.
I will be criticized for calling myself a #ChronicPain patient.

People will say: she wallows in illness. She enjoys it! She IDENTIFIES with her pain.

Wrong. It is part of my reality. I must face it & battle it daily.

And I do. Despite all the negativity I face from others.
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@ShawnMcGuirk @CFAMMcan @mcgillu @santecannabis @trinafraser #ACMPR highlights #WeedLikeToKnow :
- limit of <30-day supply or 150g
- LP delivery by mail only, no retail point of sale
- medical doc lasts 1 year
- storage limit (to be removed soon with #CannabisAct )
- Soon, might be able to transfer from one licensed producer to another
@ShawnMcGuirk @CFAMMcan @mcgillu @santecannabis @trinafraser #CannabisAct Bill #C45 removes #cannabis from #cdsa, separate act will be created for regulation of cannabis
- Can grow up to 4 plants (debated) in dwelling
- legal limit up to 30g in public
- anticipate royal ascent by end of June, coming into force Sept/Oct 2018
#WeedLikeToKnow
@ShawnMcGuirk @CFAMMcan @mcgillu @santecannabis @trinafraser There is still reluctance in prescribing #MedicalCannabis, and there is lack of point of sale (still will have to be by mail), excise tax and HST/GST upcoming, lack of drug plan coverage.
#WeedLikeToKnow #SPEforum
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